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Collaborative Law Programs

Collaborative Law Programs

Are you a lawyer who practices in the area of family law? Have you considered becoming a registered collaborative professional?

LESA offers collaborative law programs on an annual basis. Here’s what’s happening this year.

Basic Collaborative Law | Edmonton | September 28–30, 2017

Interest Based Negotiations | Edmonton | November 16–19, 2017

Mediation of Family and Divorce Conflicts | Calgary | November 20–24, 2017

Mediation of Family and Divorce Conflicts | Calgary | May 14–18, 2018


** NOTE: These are limited enrolment programs.

Refer to the Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association (CDAA) for certification requirements.**


Basic Collaborative Law 

Join instructors Susan L. Zwaenepoel QC and E. Leith Martin for Basic Collaborative Law this September. Learn methods for dispute resolution that encourage mutual respect, allow for open communication, utilize a problem-solving approach, as well as identify and address the interests and concerns of all parties, including children.

Cover the 4 principles of collaborative practice:

1. a pledge not to go to court;

2. an honest exchange of information;

3. good faith negotiations; and

4. a solution that considers the highest priorities of all parties.

Here’s what one of our past attendees has to say about this course.

I was impressed that the two instructors were willing to give so much of their time and with the passion they brought to the table. I know they’ve each taught this course numerous times, but there was no sense that they were just going through the motions—excellent instructors.”

Register for Basic Collaborative Law. (Limited Enrolment)


Interest Based Negotiations

Join instructors Suzan L. Zwaenepoel QC, E. Leith Martin, Sharlene Yanitski, and Marne Turnbull this November for Interest Based Negotiations.

As Susan says,

Collaborative work is fundamentally a philosophical approach to family law. … It is geared toward problem-solving, cooperation and to providing the client with the support and tools to get through the process in a less litigious manner than in a traditional divorce.”

Learn the difference between principled and adversarial negotiations, delve into the 5-stage interest based negotiation model, and discover strategies to enhance your skills, including:

• active listening

• effective questioning

• interactive learning

• reframing

Register for Interest Based Negotiations. (Limited Enrolment)


Mediation of Family & Divorce Conflicts 

Mediation of Family & Divorce Conflicts is one of the 3 pillars of collaborative law training. This 5-day program will be instructed by 3 experienced collaborative professionals:

• Patricia L. Blocksom QC, AOE

• Rhoda I. Dobbler QC

• Larry Fong Ph.D., R.Psych

As noted by Dr. Fong,

It is this harmonic range of different professionals—who provide the greatest ability to understand different perspectives—that makes this program successful. Attendees have come from the United States, Holland, and Switzerland and include judges, psychologists, lawyers, teachers, police officers, members of the cloth, politicians, and many other professionals.”

Develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding to build a competent, professional mediation practice. Register now to attend Mediation of Family & Divorce Conflicts in November (2017) or in May (2018)(Limited Enrolment)